Celebrating Book Week

On Monday 24th August students and teachers at Holy Family Primary School came dressed as their favourite book character to kick off the celebrations of Book Week. This year’s theme is Books Light Up Our World. The purpose of Book Week is to celebrate books and Australian authors and illustrators.

Click on the video below to see our book week parade:

The Winner of the Picture Book category was My Two Blankets.

What was your favourite book week book? Why?
What is your favourite book? Why?
Who is your favourite book character? Why?

Learning to write great descriptions by making popcorn

Year 3/4D have been learning about descriptive writing. A good description allows the reader to feel like they are experiencing what you are writing about. In descriptive writing we use adjectives to achieve this.

The primary purpose of descriptive writing is to describe a person, place or thing in such a way that a picture is formed in the reader’s mind. Capturing an event through descriptive writing involves paying close attention to the details by using all of your five senses. We made popcorn and had to describe the experience using our sense of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste.

Click on the video below to see our popping popcorn experience:

After making popcorn we filled in our data chart describe the experience using our 5 senses. Then we created our descriptions. Below are a few of our amazing descriptions.

Impatiently the class waits while they get separated into four groups hoping to be with their friends. Once in groups we are sent to a hard cold desk inside the well decorated classroom. We stare at the bright yellow machine that stands in the center of the desk. As soon as we are at the table we start the bright yellow popcorn machine. After a few minutes of heating the machine is now hot and ready to go. We can now close the flap and pour the round corn kernels in. As we open the flap the kernels quickly pour into the hole in the bottom of the machine. The machine buzzes like a hair dryer and the kernels get swept around like they are clothes in a washing machine. After 2 minutes something happens. POP, POP, POP. Popcorn flies everywhere luckily the machine has a tall lid that makes the popcorn shoot into a bowl. They are all different shapes and sizes. They look like different clouds. the texture is lumpy, spongy and you can feel the saltiness. Our mouths start to water as our teacher pours popcorn into blue, striped cups for us to enjoy. People like me liked more crushed salt. You could smell the sweet butter and the ocean salt on the delicious popcorn. The colour is white, with a hint of a faded yellow. On the inside is a crisp brown. I start to feel hungry but excited. Finally I take a bite. It is delicious but i have to explain more. I feel like a food critic on master chef. I define my tastes into buttery, salty and really yummy. Immediately It feels warm on the outside but when you really bite it it burns your tongue with hotness. After four refills with my cup I hit salt bottom. Yes I literally drink up the rest of the popcorn and the salt. I get about two tablespoons of salt in and on my precious tongue. I run for my water bottle and drink up ¾ of the water. We now have no popping popcorn left and I still can’t feel my tongue. By Ayva

Whir! I heard the popcorn machine starting up. All of a sudden I heard a POP. POP, POP, POP, POP went the noisy machine. It made me want to reach out and touch the miracle food but I knew it was unsafe. Finally after teasing us by making us smell the amazing smell of popcorn the machine stopped. Miss K handed us big cups of the wonderful, buttery, salty, bumps they call popcorn.

I played an exciting game of Chubby Bubbies with Samson. “1 Chubby Bubby” I said as the first small bomb of happiness hit my open mouth. By the end of the game there were 43 pieces of goodness in my mouth. I tried to stop thinking the delicious taste because I knew I might not get more and it would be painful agony to keep thinking about it. Then everyone was handed another small piece of yumminess. I ate it all quickly and gave a big sigh. It was over. Oh well, It was an exciting, joyful experience.  By Lachlan

As I was sitting in the gray chair watching the red popcorn machine. It was popping like no tomorrow. My mouth was watering. I imagined the popcorn in my watering mouth. It smelled like butter. Finally it is time to receive popcorn and I am feeling speechless. I slowly picked up a piece of popcorn and peeled it apart to see what was inside. Next I quickly popped it into my mouth. The popcorn tasted burnt but it still tasted amazing. I asked for more and we each got second servings. Suddenly there was no popcorn left. I felt ruined, torn to shreds.  By Aidan

As I enter the room yellow, red and green popcorn machines surround me. I stand around a red popcorn machine on a hard, green desk. The red popcorn machine starts to buzz as it heats up. Just a few seconds later it was boiling hot and smelled like fire. I heard popping sounds around me. I turned around to see what everyone else was up to but when I looked back a single popcorn jumped into the bowl then another, and two more. Pretty soon the bowl was filled to the brim but the yummy popcorn was still popping. Popcorn flew out of the bowl and landed on the round, hard desk.  Finally it stopped and I got a yummy, hot cup of popcorn. I picked up a salty, warm piece of popcorn and put it in my watering mouth. It was crunchy and chewy.  Suddenly the saltiness hit my tongue as I gasped for water trying to have more hot popcorn.  When it went away I sighed in reliefI.As i finished the yummy cup of popcorn, I stared at the empty bowl wanting more of the crunchy popcorn but it was all gone! By Jenna

What is descriptive writing?
How would you describe making popcorn?
Did you enjoy this experience? Why?


Planning for the Commonwealth Bank to visit

With our term 3 Inquiry unit we have been investigating ‘How Does Money Work’. We have brainstormed many questions we would like to find out. We decided one organisation we could ask to visit and answer our questions is the Commonwealth Bank. Click on the link below to see a list of all the questions we would like to find out:

Our Wonderings

On Wednesday the 5th of August two students from each 3/4 class were selected to go to the Commonwealth Bank to ask if they would be able to visit. First we went to the office and talked about who was going to say what, then Miss. Dickson went to get her camera so we waited in the foyer, until she came back. Then we went out the door and walked to the bank. We talked to the Bank Manager at their Mount Waverley branch and asked if they would be able to come and talk to us about the bank and which bank account would be the best for students to have.


The Bank’s Visit!
On Monday the 10th of August 2015, Vicki and Haley talked to us about working at a bank and what they do. They also answered nearly all our questions. Haley works at a branch of commonwealth bank and Vicki goes to schools and talks to the kids. One of things we learned was to start a bank account you need at least 5c and some proof of identity like: Your birth certificate, your parents driver’s licence or passport. Another fact we learned was that the money comes from the mint, then it goes to the reserve bank and finally it goes to the bank.

What important information did we learn about the Bank?
* That your money is always safe at the bank even if a robber robbed the bank.
* The biggest bank in the world is the Bank of China
* 50,000 people work for commonwealth bank

What did you learn from the Commonwealth Bank’s visit?
What have you learnt about how money works?

Blog post written by Daniel, Mia and Jorja

How Does Money Work – Week 3 & 4

On Thursday 30th July (week 3) we read the book The Money Tree. It was about Miss Mcgillicuddy who had a money tree in her backyard. All the people in the community kept on taking money from it and the tree began to get weaker and weaker. Once it got so weak it’s leaves started to turn brown and fall off. When they all fell off, Miss Mcgillicuddy chopped the tree down. She was happy now that no one came into her backyard. After the book we did an activity that involved us getting into groups. We had to talk about the book.


On Friday 31st July (week 3) We worked in small groups to create a proposal to use the money from The Money Tree for something that would benefit the whole community. Some people proposed fire stations, others water parks and theme parks. We had to discuss the location where it will be and how much money it would cost. At the end we all shared what work we did.

On Monday 3rd August (week 4) We got into groups and brainstormed possible ideas for Market Day focussing on both market stalls selling goods and market stalls offering services. Some ideas we came up with is sponge throw which is when you put your head in this hole and you throw a sponge at your head. You get wet but it is fun. We also came with a idea like nail polish, muffin pizzas, lolly stall, and art and crafts.

On Tuesday 4th August (week 4) we got into groups and filled in possible ideas for Market day. We planned our proposals for Market Day. We had to find a group and write a proposal about 6 stalls we would like to do. 3/4BB and 3/4D made sensible choices with who was in their group (2 students from each class). We all enjoyed writing and combining our ideas together.

On Thursday 6th August (week 4) a Guest speaker came in and talked to the 3/4s about her photo booth business – Not Just A Visual Photo Booth. You can visit her website below:


We learnt that you have to work out how much to sell your product for, depending on how much it costs to make and how long it takes to create the product. We also learnt that you have to be polite and friendly to your customers. Some people got a photo at the photo booth and brought it home. There were accessories you could dress up in like bunny ears, glasses and viking hats. Check out photos below from our session with Justine:

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The last things we learnt was there are two different types of photo booths like the automated photo booth and the studio photo booth. We talked about what we need for our Market Day Stall and how to run a business.

What new discoveries have you made about ‘How Money Works’?
How would you spend the money from the Money Tree?
What did you learn from our Guest Speaker?
What stall are you running at Market Day?

Blog Post Written By Freddy, Jenna, Michael and Gabriella

How to make Salt Dough Animals – Procedure

This term we have been learning all about Procedures. Recently we made salt dough animals. Some of the animals included unicorns, owls, wolves, spiders, penguins and lots more. We also painted the animals in a lot of different colours.

This is an example of the salt dough unicorn:


Here is the procedure you can follow to make your own Salt Dough Unicorn:

Title: How to make a salty dough animal

Goal: Follow to make a salty dough unicorn.

grease paper
mixing bowl
cup measures
baking sheet
plain flour
cup measures

1. Carefully scoop one cup of flour into a mixing bowl.
2. Add half a cup of salt into the bowl and give it a stir.
3. Add half a cup of water – adding some more each time and mixing ever so quickly and carefully.
4. Knead dough firmly in mixing bowl and all ingredients should bind together.
5. Take dough out from mixing bowl.
6. Knead ball of dough for approx 10 minutes.
7. Roll evenly to 0.5cm thickness.
8. Cut your animal out of your dough
9. Carefully place in oven for 4 hours on 100c
10. Paint your animal

Evaluation: You can now make your house pretty or make someone else happy.

Below are photos of our class’ amazing Salt Dough Animal Creations:

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What animal did you make?

What colours did you use?

Was this a successful procedure?

Was this enjoyable?

What are some other ideas on procedures we should try?

Blog Post Written By Ayva, Abbey, Georgia and Lachlan

Learning about Procedures

This term we have started to work on procedures. We have learnt about the structure of a procedure and how they always start with a title that tells you what you are making or doing. Next comes the goal that tells you what you are aiming to achieve. After comes the ingredients or materials that tell you what you need to achieve the goal. Most importantly the method that tells you how to achieve your goal. Lastly and optional the evaluation that tells you how to tell if you have achieved your goal.

Here is an example of a procedure we have made and written for the “English Muffin Pizzas (margarita) By Ayva

Title: English muffin Pizzas – Margarita

Goal: Follow this recipe and you will be able to bake a delicious muffin pizza.

tomato sauce (we used passata)
herbs (optional)
english muffin
parmesan cheese (shredded)

tea spoon

1. Preheat the oven responsibly to 190c
2. Carefully lay out a tray and line a sheet of greaseproof paper (baking paper) on the tray
3. Cut the english muffin in half following the crease and carefully place them on the tray with a slight gap in between each muffin cut side up.
4. Spread passata gently over the inside (the side that you cut) of your muffins using the tablespoon (you only need 1 tablespoon).
5. With the tablespoon quickly and generously sprinkle herbs over your muffin (optional).
6. Generously sprinkle parmesan cheese over the muffin.
7. Generously sprinkle more herbs (more optional than step 5)
8. Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is brown, crispy and bubbly.

Enjoy your yummy, crispy delicious pizza muffins!

We had lots of fun making our muffin pizzas and they tasted DELICIOUS. Check out the video below:

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If you made this please tell us if this recipe was enjoyable?

What other toppings can we try on Muffin Pizzas?

Was this a simple recipe to follow?

Was your pizza crispy brown and bubbly?

What are some other ideas on procedures we should try?

Blog Post Written By Ayva, Abbey, Georgia and Lachlan

How Does Money Work – Week 2

On Monday 3/4 D and 3/4 BB were learning about needs and wants. Firstly we did an activity where we had to decide what we could pack in our back pack if we were going camping for the weekend. We all paired up and the partner had to be from the other class. We had to choose what things we would need for survival as opposed to things we could live without. We discussed the difference between a need and a want.

needs and wants

On Tuesday we continued to look at needs and wants. We brainstormed all the needs and wants for different people in the community – a baby, an elderly couple and a child. Next we read about a book called Harry and Herbert.


One day they were fishing and they found treasure. Herbert pushed Harry off a boat and took the treasure to a fortress that he made after a while. Herbert could not sleep but Harry could sleep. Herbert could not sleep because he was too worried about someone taking his treasure which is a want. Harry could sleep because he had family and a shelter and a bed. Harry got it better than Herbert. Good Choice Harry!!

On Thursday we read a book called ‘Alexander Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday’. This book was about a boy called Alexander who didn’t realise the difference between needs and wants. So he didn’t spend his money wisely, and instead he got something he really wanted not what he needed.


This is important to realise because some people waste money on what they really want and then when they need something they don’t have any money left to pay for their needs. You need to think carefully about what to spend your money on. It is important to purchase a need before a want.

Then we were assigned to do a Diamond Ranking of our needs and wants. At the top was the thing we needed most, and then down at the bottom, was something we wanted, but it wasn’t needed. It was really fun, and we all thought about different things!


On friday we talked about budgets. We investigated what the term budgeting means and all of the different types of budgets. A budget involves having a plan for spending and saving money. A budget is the amount of money that is available for spending and a plan on how it will be spent. Individuals and families can have budgets but so too can the government. This is called the Federal budget.

We watched a Behind the News video about the 2010 Federal Budget and it talked to the treasurer of Australia, Wayne Swan. He shares the money to ministers, which are people who are in charge of different states, and different things in life, such as: Minister Of Education, Minister Of Housing, Minister Of Environment, Minister Of Public Transport and Minister Of Health And Safety.

And if, say, the Treasurer makes more tax for parents to pay, it may sound like it doesn’t involve you, but if your Mum and Dad need to pay more tax, you pocket money will go down. So it affects a lot of people. That’s why the Treasurer needs to keep things even, or people will be affected, good or bad.

What does money mean to you?
If you were on a hiking trip what would you take?
How does money help us?
How can money effect us in bad ways?

Blog post written by Lachlan, Luca, Liv and Livi.

How Does Money Work – week 1

In Inquiry, Year 3/4D and 3/4BB we have been learning all about the topic “How Does Money Work?”.

On Monday 3/4D and 3/4BB paired up and did interviews about money. I interviewed Olivia and some of the questions and answers I got from her were: “Do you own a bank account?” and she replied with- “yes its with the commonwealth bank”. I also asked Olivia if she earned pocket money and she said that she did. Below are some photos taken during our paired interviews:

On Tuesday we tuned into our new topic “HOW DOES MONEY WORK?” We learnt what Tuning In is. First we made a definition of what we thought Tuning In was and then we looked at a poster of what Tuning In really was.

Our definition said that Tuning In was:

* The start of an inquiry unit

* it gets us excited

* It is sharing what we already know

* listening to what others know

* an introduction to the topic

* brainstorming ideas for the topic and

* thinking about what we want to learn.

The poster said that Tuning In is: getting excited about the topic and finding out what we already know.

We brainstormed questions that we had about the topic. Some of our questions that we would like to find out include:

* When did money start?
* How was money made?
* Why are their certain colours for certain notes?
* What are some of the currencies in other countries?
* Why are there different people on coins and notes?

On Thursday we got into groups of 4 and brainstormed what we can buy with money and that was including Goods and Services. After that we got a new piece of paper and split it in half. On one side we wrote all the Goods and on the other we wrote Services.

Goods are things that we buy, hold and use. Services are when you go to a place and they do something for you.

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On Friday we pretended that we had unlimited money. We made a wish list of the things we wanted the most. Lots of people had mansions and apple stuff. We chose our top 3 favorites and we guessed how much money they each cost and researched it on the internet.

What do you already know about How money works?

What do you want to find out about money?

What was your favourite part of inquiry this week?

If money was no object what would you like to buy? Why?

Blog post written by Tom, Dan, Georgia and Ayva

Our Science Learning Expo

This term in Inquiry we have been investigating ‘What is Science’. We looked at many different types of Science, visited Avila’s Science Lab, had a Scientist come in and speak with our class and carried out a few science experiments.

To go further with our inquiry each of us undertook a personal inquiry into an area of Science that interested us. Students choose to research Biology, Zoology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Marine Biology, Archaeology, Gemology, and Geology. We had to write an information report about our chosen Science and create a presentation sharing our knowledge of both our Science and a Scientist in that field.

Finally we invited our parents, teachers and students at our school to attend our Learning Expo so we could share our new knowledge and understandings with everyone. Click the link below to see photos from our learning expo:

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What was your favourite moment from Learning Expo?
What did you learn about your chosen area of Science?
How does that Science help us to understand our world?
Why is Science important?
What did you learn about your chosen scientist?

Our visit to Avila’s Science Lab

This term our Inquiry unit is ‘WHAT IS SCIENCE?’ On Friday 1st May 3/4D and 3/4BB visited Avila Secondary College to see their Science Labs and investigate many different types of Science – Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Earth Science.

We had the chance to complete five different science experiments.

Click on the link below to see photos from our time at the Science Lab:

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What was your favourite part of our visit to Avila’s Science Lab?
What discoveries did you make?
What is your favourite type of Science?